Organic Gardening for Beginners: A Quick Guide
It almost seems as if everything up for sale at the grocery store is tainted with some form of chemical or other. As a result, you have always wanted to grow your plants in a garden, but the only thing standing in your way has always been up in your mind – you think organic gardening is hard.
However, with a little commitment, hard work, gardening resources and patience, you can manage an organic garden and enjoy the freshest and the healthiest of foods and even grow vegetables inside. Here is how you go about it.
- Assuming that you already have plot or garden somewhere, the first step is to sow the seeds. Free up the soil with a hoe or fork and add half an inch layer of compost to make it fertile. Manually get rid of all the weed seeking to invade your garden and then dig fallows according to how you want to organize the nursery.
Water lightly but don’t soak the soil. Spread the seed as per the packing instructions and cover lightly with soil. Then keep the seedbed moist and wait for them to sprout.
- Choose an overcast day to transplant the seeds – they need a small chance to ensure they get acclimatized to the new environment. Make holes as deep as the container and as twice the diameter. Water the plant and gently remove it from the pot taking it to the hole – make sure not to damage the stem as that would be the end of it. Keep the soil moist.
- Weeds grab the best from your plant making it quite challenging to thrive. However, there are easy ways to prevent this from happening, and it includes mulching. Ideally, use organic mulch as it will nourish the plant in the process – talk of killing two birds with one stone! Even better, you can use sheets of cardboard or newspaper to make sure the weeds do not penetrate.
Combine mulching with hoeing and pulling to control the weed. This might seem like a lot of work, but persistence is the key here.
- The majority of insects that visit your outdoor garden are not always bad. Most of them actually help maintain a balanced ecosystem and pollinate the plants. However, should they seem to have the upper hand, then you do not have to run to the stores for some chemical help – not healthy, not organic.
There are more natural methods you can use to control them such as planting hardy native plants – weaklings are always vulnerable to pests. You can also enlist the services of predators such as ladybugs by planting flowers and herbs, having a small pod for toads, garter snakes and fish, and rocks to host the lizards.